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    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    I am committed to doing everything in my power to avoid contributing to the US tax system. The only taxes I am willing to pay are property taxes and sales taxes, because a majority of that money goes to the county and state. I'm going to have to figure out how to run a vehicle on something other than oil. I know several people of fill up at McDonalds using their old vegetable oil to power their cars. That's not a bad idea. The Federal Government is going bankrupt and they intend to squeeze the productive class of Americans. The only way to fight this is to cease being productive. We cannot defeat liberals politically. Our only hope is to quicken the bankruptcy of the federal government and produce primarily for our own needs. The government taxes so much of what we produce for others that it is no longer economically beneficial for us to do so. We'll have to go back to producing for ourselves and cultivating our own lands.

    Democrats require willing victims. I will not be one. I already lost my productivity when the housing market crashed so it will be easy for me not to produce in the future. I simply will not start another business. I'll make just enough money to avoid federal income taxes, which is getting easier and easier as time goes on. I've already reduced my energy bills by 70%. I'm looking for ways of reducing my transportation by 70%. I've quit smoking and started working out in order to avoid future health care costs. I purchase the majority of the things I need at resale shops to keep my consumption costs down.

    I am learning very quickly that I can live on less and less, and that for the most part I can avoid behaviors that allow the government to use me to fund their irresponsible projects. All I really need to learn how to do is to grow my own food and provide myself with transportation that doesn't require the use of oil and I'll be fairly autonomous.
    as for productive class, the very rich are often not producing anything, just living off the productivity of others.
    but I agree with living on less. our lives are so cluttered with things that we don't need that life gets too complicated. it is very good for an individual's economics to live on less, but it plays havoc with macroeconomics. the govt depends on us being consumers, and if enough of us minimize our consumption, it will be a long and messy period of adjustment for the nations economy...
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    Re: Soda Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHat View Post
    Good thing I dont drink "soda". I drink "coke" Do people really call it "soda"? Or am I just a good ol' Louisiana Southern boy?
    I can't stand Coke. The pop that I drink is usually Mountain Dew.

    Soda is used in baking...
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    And if any of you are complaining about this, but supported raising taxes on tobacco products, tough ****.

    You are the ones that brought this on.
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    Re: Soda Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFungus420 View Post
    I can't stand Coke. The pop that I drink is usually Mountain Dew.

    Soda is used in baking...
    I don't like it either. I prefer to drink sparkling water, with only a hint of fruit flavor and no sugar or sweetener.

    Besides, I'm diabetic, so sugar is not something I should indulge in.

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    Re: Soda Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFungus420 View Post
    I can't stand Coke. The pop that I drink is usually Mountain Dew.

    Soda is used in baking...
    haha, the moment I read that I was going "$10 says he's from Michigan" and then I looked at your location and sure enough.....

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    Re: Soda Tax

    I love it. First the smokers. Now the fatties who drink coke every day at MacDonald's. I'm surprised conservatives don't support taxing the people most likely to drag down our healthcare system. I can't wait till they start taxing sugar. If my altoids go up a few cents I will surely get off...oh **** it. I can afford $10 a pack.
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    Re: Soda Tax

    I have already cut back on soft drinks, based on price alone. I buy Diet Dr. Thunder from Walmart instead of Dr. Pepper. Dr. Thunder WAS 67 cents for the 2 liter bottle, has gone up to 78 cents. Same size Dr. Pepper is $1.49, and I won't pay that. I will pay $1, so if it goes on sale, then I buy Dr. Pepper.
    If govt wants to tax soft drinks and other non-essential foods, it should tell us exactly what the tax is for. If for carbon, as in CO2, they could certainly use less of that. Most of it bubbles off as soon as you pour in on ice anyway.
    I might support that, but not sugar....
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    Re: Soda Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I love it. First the smokers. Now the fatties who drink coke every day at MacDonald's. I'm surprised conservatives don't support taxing the people most likely to drag down our healthcare system. I can't wait till they start taxing sugar. If my altoids go up a few cents I will surely get off...oh **** it. I can afford $10 a pack.
    First, not everyone who drinks soda/pop/coke/whatever is a "fattie" . As for taxing the soft drinks, I have no issue with it at all...so long as alcohol gets a tax increase as well.

    I'm one of those nasty smokers, and yep, I still smoke, tax hike or not. However, I now roll my own because it's far cheaper. I don't dispute that smoking is a horrible habit. I don't dispute taxes being raised on it. What I dispute is that tobacco is taxed routinely to fund so many government wants and needs. I think it's about time other products, especially beer and liquor, feel the tax axe as smokers have been for years. I think a little fairness across the tax board would meet less criticism, but that's just my opinion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    haha, the moment I read that I was going "$10 says he's from Michigan" and then I looked at your location and sure enough.....
    We used pop in Colorado as well.

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    Re: Soda Tax

    This is just a logical extension of sin taxes. If you are going to tax certain behaviors because they are somehow worse than others(but still legal), then you should tax all products that are in some ways harmful. Tobacco, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, red meat, and so on.

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